What do you think of when you hear the word ‘gold’?

 

Perhaps your mind flies to sporting endeavours, to medals and victory. Maybe, you’re more inclined to picture a fine diamond bracelet, or a huge pair of hoop earrings. Either way, likely the last thing to cross your mind would be mercury or cyanide poisoning.

 

And yet, this is the reality faced by thousands of miners in developing nations, charged with putting their health at risk daily in order to feed the west’s magpie tendencies.

 

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